157th Anniversary of the Sacking of Old Summer Palace
The Old Beijing Summer Palace otherwise known as Yuanmingyuan has marked the 157th anniversary of the sacking of old Summer Palace. Due to the Second Opium War the palace was destroyed and many of the relics were stolen and taken overseas. In 2006 it is estimated that 1 million historical artifacts are in possession of 47 museums across the world. To mark the 157th anniversary visiting the Old Summer Palace is free of charge.